Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces [LP] (gatefold)
Dixie Chicks Taking The Long Way on 2LP + Download
Available on Vinyl for the First Time / Remastered Audio from the Original Sources
Columbia/Legacy will reissue the Dixie Chicks classic four studio albums - Wide Open Spaces (1998), Fly (1999), Home (2002) and Taking The Long Way (2006) - newly remastered and pressed on high resolution 12" vinyl in April 2016. Filled with big hits, classic tracks and perennial fan favorites, these are the four essential albums which secured the Dixie Chicks' status as the top selling group in country music history. The newly remastered vinyl editions arrive on the eve of the DCX MMXVI World Tour (the Dixie Chicks' fifth as concert headliners).
Collectively, these four Dixie Chicks albums have sold more than 30 million copies while taking home 13 Grammy Awards. Of the four titles, only Home has been previously available on vinyl. Each of these albums has topped Billboard's Country Album chart and three (Fly, Home and Taking The Long Way) reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (Wide Open Spaces peaked at No. 4 on that chart).
Dixie Chicks first came together as a bluegrass quartet in Texas in 1989, later becoming a trio in 1995 when founding members (and sisters) Emily Robison (banjo/dobro) and Martie Maguire (fiddle/mandolin) were joined by 21-year-old Natalie Maines (daughter of guitarist/producer Lloyd Maines) as the group's new lead vocalist and guitarist. By the late 1990s, the classic Dixie Chicks trio lineup struck a stunning balance between the traditional Nashville sound and the contemporary influences of alternative rock and pop.
With 2006's Taking The Long Way, Dixie Chicks made their most powerful musical and cultural statement to-date. Produced by Rick Rubin, driven by the anthemic mission statement, "Not Ready to Make Nice," Taking The Long Way was embraced by critics and fans alike. Dixie Chicks made music history at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards when they became the first female group ever to take home the big three top Grammy honors: Song Of The Year (for "Not Ready To Make Nice"), Record Of The Year (for "Not Ready To Make Nice") and Album Of The Year (for Taking The Long Way).
They achieved another Grammy milestone that night when Taking The Long Way became the first Best Country Album ever to win the Album Of The Year trophy. In addition to joining a handful of artists to have claimed all three top Grammys in a single year, the Dixie Chicks went an incredible five-for-five, winning in each of the five categories for which they were nominated including Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (for "Not Ready To Make Nice") and Best Country Album (for Taking The Long Way).